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No more blood

I have ended my employment with the laboratory I was working with. Looks like my plan didn’t work out. As expected, I flunked Calculus and Statistics. Paying to retake these two modules burnt a hole in my wallet.

I am a biologist! Why do I have to study Math! This frustrates me. Imagine not being able to finish this degree because of two Year 1 Math modules. No, I have to do something about this. Practise more. Find a tutor. Pray more novenas.

I finished General and Applied Microbiology. Piece of cake. I hope I can get a distinction for this one. I am currently taking Molecular Biology. I need to start studying for this one, especially the practicals.

Well, no more blood and formaldehyde for now. Overall the experience has been quite interesting. My only regret is not mastering the more important and profitable skills. In the meantime I will go back to my part time jobs. No more blood taking though. I think I will stay away from Healthcare for a while.

The year is ending rather quickly. In the past few months I have completed 1x NS Refresher training, 1X Low Key ICT, 1X Technical Mobilization. I hope that they do not call us up in December. And I still have to find some way to pass my IPPT. This is not good. What else can I do, but work at it, and suck on it?

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. But God helps those who help themselves.

Madness, Mathematics, May

Juggling work and school at the same time is really no joke. Weekends are also spent doing assignments or revision. I have grown accustomed to getting little sleep every night.

After so much toil, I think this maths module is going to crash. I was quite clueless during the exam. I haven’t had this feeling in such a long time. In fact the last time this happened was back in polytechnic year one. Nostalgic, in a bad way. Though the years fly by, Mathematics will always crawl out from the grave of time to plant a blade into my back.

For the first time, the prospect of failure is quite real. Dropping A Maths in Sec 3 wasn’t a big deal, because it didn’t affect my O Levels. I managed to scrape through E maths, and even scrape though dumbed down poly maths. Although it seems like I was the dumber one for not practicing much.

And now the creaky and weak foundation of rules and formulae has proved insufficient of holding up university-level mathematics. And oddly enough after the exams we are still struggling to complete the assessed E-learning questions!

Fine, retake this module if I have to. I don’t really care anymore. At least I know where not to go wrong now.

Notes to self and future calculus students:
1) Do your elearning every week or regret it.
2) Practice makes perfect.

Work is all right so far, though its about to become more intense. More skills to pick up, more things to remember. More overtime to do. It’s good. I like learning new things. I just need to watch the workaholic streak and time management.

Everything is going according to plan so far. I even had time to squeeze in a few Latin Masses (Ordinary and Extraordinary forms). It’s time to work on some of my other priorities.

Man of Blood and Guts

After a job search of approximately four months, I have finally found full time employment at a hospital laboratory. It was very unexpected. Well, Deo Gratias.

I have unexpectedly entered a field which I have absolutely no experience and knowledge about: Histology. Still, the first week of work was awesome. Very eye-opening. It was more exciting than whatever I learned back in polytechnic. Ten times ten.

As expected, this is really not a job for those with weak stomachs. Speaking of stomachs, I managed to come across some gastric biopsies and a couple of excised gall bladders. Bile included. It’s green, just like the mint jelly that comes with lamb chops.

This place is really like a human meat shop, only thing is that people sell their meat to us for processing. Among the other parts I have handled this week include: a one kilogram right kidney (my upperstudy showed me how to cut it into half); someone’s right testicle; several breasts; large colons; ovarian cysts and fibroids.

During one of the days I also came across a curiously named Products Of Conception (POC). I only realized upon asking my upperstudy that this ‘POC’ are aborted or miscarried babies. They fit into a small, bloody bottle. I repeated ‘Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine..’ to myself a few times.

One of the Pathologists asked me on the first day, ‘How was work?’ I chirped that it was good! ‘I see that you enjoy handling the specimens.. Not many people like specimens.’

So far so good.

On to lamp chops. We had a free lunch on the first day because they catered some food for the office ladies to celebrate Secretaries’ Week. Indian food was served, complete with naan and tikka. Not forgetting the lamb chops. Excellent..

Looks like I won’t be touching the syringe and tourniquet for a while. Instead, sharp blades await!

First post of 2010

Ah, welcome to the first year of the second decade of the twenty first century.

After three months of being in a post-ORD  semi-employed state, it is time to find full time work. Based on the job ads I’ve been looking at, it seems like a lot of the better jobs in life sciences ask for experienced personnel. Well, I have to start from somewhere. It is time for me to accumulate some experience in this field. Stepping stones, that’s the right thing to call it. Besides, having night classes alone for the next few years seems to be a waste of time if I am doing nothing in the day. I need money…

When I do take on full time work, I’ll really have to manage my time very, very wisely. There are so many things to juggle, so many things to prioritize. I do worry about that from time to time. I tend to throw everything into my primary task, and sometimes neglect the rest. I hope I do not end up neglecting the needs of the ministry.

Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.

Man of Blood

Work was bad the other day. We had to take blood from old folks. I’ve never taken blood from old folks before.

There was a change in the usual equipment too. Usually we use this:

and this

I had no idea that we had to make do with this

I have never used it before in my whole life.

It was not a good day. I was too clumsy with this butterfly needle and was taking samples too slowly. Eventually the coordinator made me switch with a more experienced nurse. Shit. I hope I don’t get negative feedback for this.

Oh well. At least the old people didn’t kill me for missing their veins. Haha.

The thing is, my hands were still shaking hours after the job ended. I think I have anxiety disorder. Can I have my PES downgrade now?


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